Hungarian Word of the Day: Repülősó

The other day The Woman and I were talking about what are known as smelling salts, a very powerful aromatic mixture given to people who have lost consciousness in order to use a biological response to “jolt” them awake.

In ordinary Hungarian the word “só” means “salt” but the interesting thing is that their name for “smelling salts” is repülősó, a combination of the word “flying” and “salt”.

So next time you faint in a Hungarian doctor’s office, don’t be surprised when s/he asks for the “flying salt” to revive you.


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